Shenandoah FP-I

Shenandoah FP-I

PostBy: BrantSFGDS On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:25 am

Greetings all! I'm a new guy here and was wondering if anybody was familiar with the Shenandoah FP-I/ FP-S stoves? I decided to put a stove in my basement this year because of the ridiculous gas bills I get every January, but I couldn't afford a new coal burner. I found this stove for what I think is a good deal and I'm trying to learn as much as I can as fast as I can. I'll post a pic as soon as I figure out how to do it on this site. Anyway, the stove is an FP-I jacketed wood/coal stove with a shaker grate and twin blower fans. It is in really good shape, as far as I can tell. The gaskets are all good and the fans work. I cleaned it up and hit it with a couple coats of stove paint. I intend to do an outside burn this weekend mainly to cook the paint before installation. The only issue so far is that the collar might be a little undersized. It measures exactly 8" ID but I had to crimp the crap out of a piece of snap lock to get it to fit and it still doesn't seat all the way. I guess I need an adapter. Anybody got any comments, concerns? Thanks in advance.
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Shenandoah
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous, Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Shenandoah
Stove/Furnace Model: FP-I

Re: Shenandoah FP-I

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:06 am

Welcome to the forum. Can you post a picture of the firebox and grates?
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Shenandoah FP-I

PostBy: BrantSFGDS On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:22 pm

Rob,

It will be tomorrow evening before I get a chance to take any more pictures, but I will post one.
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Shenandoah
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous, Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Shenandoah
Stove/Furnace Model: FP-I

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Re: Shenandoah FP-I

PostBy: BrantSFGDS On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:28 pm

I might add that I intend to burn bituminous coal primarily because that is what I grew up with and I can get most of it free. The stove did have anthracite in it when I cleaned it out but I think the original owner hauled bit up from KY and only switched to anthracite after retiring from trucking.
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Shenandoah
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous, Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Shenandoah
Stove/Furnace Model: FP-I

Re: Shenandoah FP-I

PostBy: BrantSFGDS On: Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:01 pm

We dragged the Shenandoah out into the driveway and fired her up with some good east KY bit coal. Everything seems great.
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Shenandoah
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous, Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Shenandoah
Stove/Furnace Model: FP-I

Re: Shenandoah FP-I

PostBy: BrantSFGDS On: Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:32 pm

Rob,

Here's a pic of the firebox.
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Shenandoah
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous, Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Shenandoah
Stove/Furnace Model: FP-I

Re: Shenandoah FP-I

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:24 pm

It looks like only that round grate in the center moves? If so, you will need to make a poker to help knock the ashes through the grate. That is a big firebox, it should make some serious heat with bit. coal.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Shenandoah FP-I

PostBy: BrantSFGDS On: Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:54 pm

Yep, the center part of the grate rotates, I just wish I had the handle extension for the shaker. I can make one easy enough, though. Anyway, I had it fired up in the driveway for two days and was impressed with how much heat it put out and how little coal it burned. I finally found chimney materials as cheap as I'm likely to, now it's a matter of getting it all together. Also, I found an adapter to fit the flue collar so that's sorted.
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Shenandoah
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous, Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Shenandoah
Stove/Furnace Model: FP-I

Re: Shenandoah FP-I

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:38 am

BrantSFGDS wrote: Anyway, I had it fired up in the driveway for two days and was impressed with how much heat it put out




I thought I felt a little warm up here today :lol:
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Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: s-20

Re: Shenandoah FP-I

PostBy: BrantSFGDS On: Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:02 pm

Well, we got it installed today! Much thanks to my Dad and stepson for all the help.
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Shenandoah
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous, Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Shenandoah
Stove/Furnace Model: FP-I

Re: Shenandoah FP-I

PostBy: BrantSFGDS On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:15 am

I got the stove installed just in time for the worst of the weather. I've been burning wood for the time being because that's what I have access to at the moment. I've been learning the stove and it's pretty consistent. I'm not used to burning wood and didn't know what to expect but I was surprised that the max burn time I can get is 5 hours and that's with the stove full and both dampers closed. It will hum along with a door temp of 300-350 degrees loaded up with dampers closed.

A buddy gave me a bag of Blaschak anthracite the other day and I threw in a few pounds last night on top of a good bed of coals then I stacked 4 logs over that, closed the dampers and went to bed. This morning, the wood was gone but the coal was still there and hot. I put on a layer of coal and a load of wood and she is still going strong. I an to burn straight coal once I have the time and money to get a load. As for now, I've just been trying to get an overnight burn and wood alone wasn't doing it but I think I've found a good combination. I wish I had enough anthracite to run it straight for a few days so I could see what the stove would do loaded up with the stuff. Anthracite is newer to me than wood, we burned bit coal back home so this is a learning experience.

One thing is for sure, this stove would be useless without a damper in the stove pipe. My chimney has such a strong draft and this is an older stove that is not airtight so I have to close both dampers to slow it down. Otherwise, it looks like a blast furnace, lol. Once the grate is completely covered with a bed of coals, the airflow is cut down and the stove is easier to regulate but this thing has a huge grate and it takes a while to build up enough coals to cover it.
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Shenandoah
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous, Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Shenandoah
Stove/Furnace Model: FP-I

Re: Shenandoah FP-I

PostBy: BrantSFGDS On: Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:39 pm

Well, since it's going to be Down In single digits again, I decided to pick up a couple bags of Blaschak and put a full load in to see how things go. I fired her up about 2 hours ago and I have 20 Lbs in so far and it's burning really nice. This is the first run with a full load of coal.
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Shenandoah
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous, Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Shenandoah
Stove/Furnace Model: FP-I

Re: Shenandoah FP-I

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:02 pm

It looks like you have a small ash pan, (wood/coal stove I assume), and grates just above that so empty the ash pan before you load her up for the night and enjoy. After a couple days of non-stove tending but 15 minutes will be a treat, enjoy. Mike.
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Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace

Re: Shenandoah FP-I

PostBy: BrantSFGDS On: Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:46 pm

Well, I choked it down too much before going to bed and I woke up to stove full of cold unburned coal. It was cranking pretty good and I should have left her alone but I'm new at this anthracite stuff. Anyways, I lit her off when I got home tonight and I think I've got her dialed in. I'm curious to see what the burn time is.
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Shenandoah
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous, Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Shenandoah
Stove/Furnace Model: FP-I

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